Former Steelers OL Doug Legursky Signs With Bills On Wednesday

Former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Doug Legurksy signed with the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday after visiting with them on Tuesday.

Legursky, who was originally signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2008 out of Marshall, spent his first five years in the league with Pittsburgh as a backup center/guard.

In 2012, Legursky started two games at center and one at left due to injuries suffered to both Maurkice Pouncey and Willie Colon during the season.

Despite being the Steelers top interior swing offensive lineman for several years, Legursky\’s play at the guard position was pretty bad in 2012. The Steelers recognized this as well as they had Pouncey start the Week 13 against the Baltimore Ravens at left guard so that Legursky could play center after Colon was lost for the season the week prior in the loss to San Diego Chargers.

Legursky plays his best football at center and fully understands the game inside and out. In Buffalo he will most likely back up starting center Eric Wood.

Buffalo has become a landing spot of sorts for former Steelers offensive lineman as Kraig Urbik, Chris Scott and Keith Williams are also all currently on the Bills roster.

  • steeltown

    Well…. good luck Legursky

  • Jonathon Bert Schade

    He isn’t the most talented guy around, but he makes the most of his abilities and I wish him good luck.

  • JohnnyV1

    Mistake #2, Starks would be mistake #1. I don’t like some of your moves this offseason, Kevin!

  • hergieburbur

    Good for Doug, but… dislike.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    Legursky’s biggest accomplishment was starting the Superbowl against Green Bay when Pouncey was out.

  • NW86

    Bummer. I really thought the Steelers would sign him at vet minimum with the $65k bonus. To me, anyone else on the roster looks like a liability as backup center, but the staff must know more about who they have than I do. They must be pretty confident in either Beachum or Malecki at that position.

  • NW86

    Like others have said though, good luck to Doug. He’s a smart, hard working guy that deserves a job in the league.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Isn’t that where Kraig Urbik is at?

  • walter mason

    last sentence

  • walter mason

    A few injuries to the OL could be devastating

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Yeah, I really don’t like where our depth is right now on the Oline. That being said, there are still going to be cuts made by teams who find vets they don’t think fit their new system or who get beat out by a younger guy. Maybe you get someone cheap…

  • Kusko_Ken

    well shoot. looks like my #64 jersey is going in the closet with #92. guess i’ll go ahead and order that Kelvin Beachum jersey….. GO PENS!!

  • cencalsteeler

    Though I would have loved to have him in our back pocket, I wish Legursky nothing but the best. Let the o-line plot thicken…..

  • TJimmy

    This baffles me.

    The front office doesn’t see how the line, including Pouncey and Roethlisberger, have historically had problems with injuries?

    He was still a good backup at center, and the Steelers have none to
    speak of. So why would the Bills need a backup center worse than the

  • 2443scott

    one less distraction now maybe guys who are there will start getting ready and not look over there shoulders

  • Pete

    The connection to Buffalo is their GM Doug Whaley. He worked under Colbert in a personnel role. Good luck to Legursky. Hope he does well in Buffalo.

  • Mike.H

    It goes to show you can not pay someone you truly value with NFL minimum salaries year after year; it’s human nature to take the better offer. Only the front office knows the whole picture.

  • Tom

    Best wishes and thanks to Legursky for his years as a Steeler.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Hope he does well he’s a good backup center. He should do well in Buffalo as long as he doesn’t have to slide over to G

  • Buccos9

    The Steelers will be better off without both players. A football site that ranks players had Starks ranked 45th out of 52 ranked tackles at pass blocking efficiency and third worst at run blocking. People remember what he was once, not what he Legursky is an acceptable backup center but is a disaster anywhere else. These aren’t mistakes. Management knows what it is doing.

  • JohnnyV1

    No, those were mistakes. Those are above-average backups, and our starters are injuty prone. Hopefully you and management will get lucky and be right.
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  • Shea Fahr

    A loss no less…

  • Buccos9

    In your judgment, a guy who is ranked near the bottom at his position at pass and run blocking is an “above average backup”. Okay. You must be using new math. As for Legursky, few teams appear to share your view that he is an above average backup. No team was crashing the gates trying to sign him (or Starks, for that matter). Colbert must be lucky because he’s been GM of two Super Bowl winners.

  • JohnnyV1

    Enough, one reply from you was good. Thanks!

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  • hergieburbur

    Mathematically, having the 45th best tackle in a league that starts 64 tackles as your top backup IS above average. Even is they are only ranking LTs, 45 as a backup is still above average. But, I get where you are coming from and I understand why they let Starks walk.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    You gonna start crying?

  • Christopher Wilkes

    You make a good point about Starks. I just think we have zero depth, so it couldn’t have hurt to resign him. Hopefully some of the rookies will show enough in camp to make the roster. As for Legursky, I’m glad he’s gone. He’s horrible at guard and not physically gifted enough to play center at the NFL starter level. He gets by with hard work and smarts, which is great and all, but I for one am glad to see us moving on.

  • Robert Alaniz

    Caps lock Alex. The Steelers are getting younger and feel good about that they have in camp now. On top of that, they have some promising UDFA’s they picked up that will help also.

    The Steelers really did their homework this year scouting OL talent and I’m pleased with the results as well as realize why they did let some of these guys walk


    They will have new backups. Beachum is taking snaps at center. Tomlin likes position flexibility, and Doug could only play center.

  • Ahmad

    Good luck Legs. See you at Heinz Field in the middle of the season.

  • Bradys_Dad

    We aren’t going to realize what a BIG loss this is/was until Pouncey goes down again. Take a good look at the early “projected” line assignments (Steelers 2013 53 Man Roster Prediction – Post OTA Practices 6/10/13) Feeling comfortable now? The way our OL has been accumulating injuries year after year there was no one more dependable than Lego and his 5 years of experience as a back up. This was a role he was totally comfortable with and embraced. He was a real Steeler. The front office continues it’s practice of being penny wise and pound foolish. …… Guy Whimper …. really ? WTF.